Best Barbecue Tips
Barbecue tips for you. What makes cooking a meal outdoors over burning coals so appetizing? Maybe its the fresh air or the tantalizing aroma and sound of food sizzling on the rack. Whatever it is you can be sure that it's a popular choice for most people. These days we can serve up more than just burgers or sausages, as there are so many tempting barbecue recipes to serve your friends and family. On the following pages you can find recipes for barbecuing fish, lamb, beef, pork, poultry, vegetables and desserts as well as and accompaniments such as salads, dips, breads, and delicious drinks to serve at your pool party, but first some information about different types of barbecue.
Which Barbecue To Choose?
You do not need a large all singing all dancing barbecue to cook wonderful food but if you do a lot of outdoor entertaining you might want something a little more sophisticated for convenience than a basic grill made out of some bricks and a rack. Barbecues vary in shapes and sizes from small disposable trays to large wagon, gas powered models.
Portable and semi-portable barbecues tend to be small, some have a stand or folding legs, others have fixed legs. If you have a small model and are cooking for a large number of people, cook the food in rotation so that guests can begin on the first course while the second batch is cooking.
Brazier barbecues which usually have a stand with long legs, a windshield and are light and portable. If you want to cook whole joints of meat you will need a covered barbecue in which the lid completely covers the rack so that it reaches a higher temperature and is controlled by air vents, cooking like an oven. You can also use it without the cover like a traditional barbecue.
Wagon barbecues have wheels for portability, are larger and more sophisticated and usually have a tabletop included. Electric or gas barbecues heat by volcanic lava coals. Juices and fat from the food are burnt on the coals giving the food flavour and aroma.
Equipment You Will Need
Oven gloves or potholders and some long handled tools are very useful and ensure safe handling of skewers and for turning food easily. Long handled tools are not expensive so its worth investing in a set if you barbecue regularly. Racks for burgers, sausages and fish make turning the food easy and you will need skewers if you like to cook kebabs. Wooden skewers are cheaper than metal ones but not as long lasting. It is important to soak wooden skewers in water for at least thirty minutes to help prevent them burning and then cover the exposed ends with foil while cooking. Metal skewers should be flat to stop the food slipping round as it cooks and remember that they get very hot on the barbecue so use oven gloves to turn them. A water spray is a good barbecue tip for cooling down hot coals or to damp down flare-ups.
Lighting The Barbecue
These days gas barbecues are very popular and only take about fifteen minutes to get to a good temperature for cooking, it is cirtainly our prefered method of barbecuing but other people prefer the more traditional way of cooking using charcoal called lump wood which is irregular in shape and size but easy to light or briquettes which are harder to light but burn for longer with a more uniform heat. Light the barbecue at least an hour before you want to start cooking. Use a specially designed solid or liquid lighter fuel to help the charcoal to light. Household fire lighters can taint the food and never use paraffin to light the barbecue as it can be very dangerous if used incorrectly. When the flames have died down and the coals are covered in white ash spread them out evenly and lastly some barbecue tips you need to know before you start cooking.
Before You Begin
Oil the rack to prevent the food from sticking. Do this away from the barbecue or the oil will flare up as it drips onto the coals. The racks can be positioned about 7.5cm/3 inches above the coals for most dishes. You ca raise the rack if you want to slow down the cooking or move food to the outer edges of the barbecue where the heat is less intense. Use the vents if you have any to control the temperature, open for more heat, closed for less. Always test the food to make sure it is cooked thoroughly before serving. Hope these barbecue tips were helpful, click on the link below for barbecue recipes. Happy barbecuing!
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